Dortmund’s Julian Weigl On Manchester United’s Radar

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Manchester United are keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.

According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho has identified Weigl as a probable target, and could make a move as he attempts to sign a solid holding midfielder.

Weigl would fit perfectly into Mourinho’s plans of taking his club back to the helm of English football, and would be the ideal signing, as he is just 21 years old – hence providing stability in the middle of the park in the long run.

Mourinho has always favored the concept of having an anchor in midfield, and is keen on bringing one to Old Trafford in order to give Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera more freedom to play and take up more advanced positions on the pitch.


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Tottenham’s Eric Dier was tipped to make the switch to United this summer, but Spurs are refusing to even listen to offers for the Englishman, as they aim to once again put up a fight for the Premier League title and perform better in the Champions League after their horror show last season.

Nemanja Matic was another Mourinho target, but Chelsea are holding firm until an agreement with Monaco over the transfer of Tiemoue Bakayoko can be reached.

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As a result, United have now turned their sights to the German youngster. Weigl is touted as one of the best up and coming defensive midfielders in Europe right now, and has attracted the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City with his performances.

However, he faced a major setback in May, when he suffered a broken ankle injury that will keep him out till at least mid-September. This means United will probably have to wait till January to see if he can prove his fitness and come back as strong as before.

Last season, Weigl made 43 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund, while managing to find the back of the net once in the Champions League.

His impressive form has seen him make his breakthrough into the German national squad, and he made his debut in a warm up match against Slovakia ahead of the Euros last year. He might even have been included in Joachim Löw’s squad that won the Confederations Cup last month had it not been for his injury.

 



Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath  

Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.

 

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